Low Carbon Incentive Program

INCENTIVE PROGRAM ADOPTED

On April 20, 2021 Council adopted District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw 2200, 2011 Amendment Bylaw (Low Carbon Incentive Program) No. 2807, 2021 in order to establish a Low Carbon Incentive. This program is intended to minimize the environmental impact of housing development in Squamish by discouraging the use of high-carbon energy sources used in residential construction.

INCENTIVE PROGRAM INTENTION

Homes which use high carbon energy sources such as natural gas produce significantly more greenhouse gas emissions than those with low carbon energy sources, such as electricity.

To limit these emissions, the Low Carbon Incentive Program reduces the permitted maximum size of residential construction by one third if a high carbon energy source is used within the building. Buildings that use only Low Carbon energy sources such as baseboard heaters, heat pumps and electric hot water tanks can build to full size.

WHAT THIS MEANS

HOW IS LOW CARBON MEASURED AND REGULATED?

WHERE CAN I LEARN MORE?

Details about the bylaw approval process can be found within the following reports to Council:

More information about the planning process that was used to develop the Low Carbon Incentive Program can be found at this project specific webpage, which reflects issues under consideration during the bylaw development process.

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  • Conny Millard Nov 22, 2021, 8:15 PM (2 months ago)

    This is a good start to try and be proactive for energy-efficient building incentives with environmental impact in mind.
    What is the district considering in terms of renewable energy resources and passive house building methods/ materials?
    Specifically, retrofitted residential solar roof systems/ EV battery packs and rainwater collection systems?
    Many thanks!

  • BILL MCENERY Nov 19, 2021, 8:38 PM (2 months ago)

    this idea of not useing gas for space heating etc is foolish and dangerous. how does the the district and counsel plan to heat a liveing space and cook on a cold winter night with the squamish wind howling out side and the power goes off. a simple gas fireplace and range could keep people warm and fed as well as suppling hot water. this idea is like putting all your eggs in one basket , not good. as far as the air pollution caused by useing these appliances it is trifle compared to the inconveniance and danger this power outage could cause . i would think the pollution comeing from the major highway running thru our town would cause far more problems than the use of clean natural gas to keep us comfortable and safe.

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